Episode 198: The Animated Chopin

Prelude in D-flat Major, Op. 28, No. 15

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When I was growing up – I watched a lot of old cartoons. What I didn’t realize at the time was that I was also hearing a lot of Fryderyk Chopin’s music.

Our Radio Chopin series began with Bugs Bunny at the keyboard, playing the “MY-noot Waltz by CHOP-in

In Warner Brothers’ “Pizzicato Pussycat” from 1955, it’s a bespectacled mouse who plays the Minute Waltz - on a toy-piano… in stride…

In 1952, Scott Bradley seamlessly wove his own chase music with Chopin’s Grand Valse Brilliante for a Tom & Jerry cartoon called “The Flying Cat”…

But my favorite is “Water Water Every Hare…” in which Carl Stalling used the “Raindrop” Prelude to great effect…(along with “How Dry I Am” and Brahms’ lullaby) As Bugs Bunny’s home fills with water, and floats his mattress away, to the castle of an E-vil scientist.

And the C minor Prelude can be heard as Bugs wakes up and realizes where he is…

Kids continue to be exposed to the Music of Chopin – subliminally… there’s even a videogame called “Eternal Sonata”, which is supposed to be a dream Chopin has during the last few hours of his life. And one of the climactic fight scene features a synthesized Revolutionary Etude while an animated Chopin himself battles the bad guys. — Jeffrey Freymann-Weyr

Radio Chopin Episode 198: The Animated Chopin



Prelude in D-flat Major, Op. 28, No. 15, 'Raindrop'